[Webinar] Japan in 2017: Economic Outlook & Trends, Status of Abenomics, and JETRO's Role in Promoting FDI

Mar 06, 2017

This free webinar will examine Japan's economic outlook and 
recent structural reforms regarding corporate taxes, medicine &

healthcare regulations, and immigration reform for foreign workers. 




   March 23, 2017

   3:00-4:00 PM CST


    Online (Anywhere) 


    Cost: FREE






In this free webinar, JETRO Chicago Chief Executive Director Ichiro Soné will provide an update on the current state of the Japanese economy and the status of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic reform agenda, also called "Abenomics."

Soné will also discuss the progress of recent structural reforms in the healthcare and energy industries, as well as recent immigration reforms that have opened the country to skilled foreign workers. 

This presentation is recommended for business executives, owners, and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of current market conditions in Japan. Companies currently expanding or with plans to expand in Japan are especially encourages to attend.


JETRO Chicago Chief Executive Director Ichiro Soné’s presentation will examine recent economic data and touch on the anticipated impact of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics which will take place in Tokyo. Mr. Soné will also touch on the progress of structural reforms regarding corporate taxes; regulations governing regenerative medicine and health care; deregulation of electric and natural gas markets; and immigration reforms designed to attract more skilled foreign workers.

As the Japanese government's trade promotion and economic development agency, a key part of JETRO's mission is assisting foreign companies which are interested in entering and expanding their business in Japan. In June 2013, the Japanese government announced its goal of doubling inbound FDI to ¥35 trillion by 2020. Mr. Soné will address the steps taken by the government to increase FDI into Japan and talk about the ways in which JETRO supports foreign companies as they grow their businesses in Japan


Ichiro Soné, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago

Ichiro Soné was appointed Chief Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO Chicago) in June 2013. As Chief Executive Director, he oversees JETRO Chicago’s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago.

Before joining JETRO’s Chicago offie, Mr. Soné served as Director of the Overseas Offices Division at JETRO Tokyo HQ. In this role, he managed all of JETRO’s overseas offices, responsible for the budget, staff training and development, and administration of more than 70 offices worldwide.

Soné joined JETRO in 1988 after graduating Doshisha University in Kyoto with a bachelor’s degree in art. He has a deep knowledge on international business through working at Trade Fair Department and Invest Japan Department at JETRO Tokyo, and North America Bureau at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His previous overseas postings were JETRO Los Angeles and JETRO San Francisco.


This event is organized by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).